“Get those final seasonal tasks sorted before winter,” says Ruth
Finish seasonal tasks before winter sets in, says Ruth
IHAVE spent the past week catching up on outside jobs before turning my attention to the long list of tasks that need sorting before Christmas. It is so easy to get caught up with festive preparations and neglect the needs of the garden until it is too late.
If any tender summer perennials such as pelargoniums or gazanias are still in the garden and have survived the cold so far, lift and overwinter them in a greenhouse or well-lit porch. Cut back the foliage and pot them up in John Innes No1, barely watering them at all, and they will hopefully see out the winter.
You can then return them back outside after the frosts once they have been hardened off.
Summer annual bedding can be removed and composted, and the used compost in containers that grew summer colour can be added to beds as a mulch – the nutritional value is minimal, but it will insulate plant roots and improve the structure of the soil. Most deciduous trees will have finished shedding their leaves by now, so collect the last few and either add them to the compost or leafmould pile, or bag them up and store them somewhere. They will break down into gorgeous loamy leafmould over the next couple of years.
Cut back potted dahlias and move them under cover Pot up overwintering plants in John Innes No1 Lift pelargoniums before the cold weather kills them off
Collect the last fallen leaves